Well, it’s hitting the fan now. Apparently the players are none too pleased that the owners have voted to approve what they call an “agreed upon” collective bargaining agreement.
I’ll quote from our friends over at Arrowhead Addict, Fansided’s (very, very good) Kansas City Chiefs blog.
Based on all the reports we are hearing, the players are unlikely to put the new CBA to a vote tonight. Various sources are reporting that players are nothing short of furious with the NFL’s tactics.
Basically the players seem to feel that the NFL owners approved a deal that has not been fully agreed upon by both sides. Reports are saying that the players think the owners have voted on their own deal, not a mutual one. The owners, meanwhile, are claiming that all the major issues have been agreed upon and that the ball is in the players’ court.
Umm…that’s not good. So what exactly is happening?
From what I can gather, the NFL owners decided to sneak some extra things into what had already been agreed upon and then vote on it and claim that was there was a complete agreement.
Here’s another quote from a great Fansided blog, Phin Phinatic:
The latest from ESPN and others is that there never was a finalized CBA for the owners to vote on, instead, according to these sources, the NFL owners voted on the current proposal to the players. The players still claim to have at least three issues that need to be worked out. Currently, players are reportedly NOT going to vote yes on the owners “proposal”. Others are saying that Roger Goodell lied about a deal being agreed upon between him and DeMaurice Smith. This is not good news for the NFL season ahead.
Some players, not happy with the owners’ move , have taken to Twitter with their frustration. Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark wrote, “The owners want u to believe that they have been extremely fair everywhere and this is their ‘olive branch’ to finalize it.”
Suffice to say, this could get ugly.